Independence Day celebrations here in East Tennessee and across the country will look a little different this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t party like it’s 1776! Our Knoxville Moms contributors are sharing some creative ways you can celebrate the red, white and blue safely at home.
Bicycle Parade—Many neighborhoods already host bike parades encouraging participants to decorate their bicycles with streamers, balloons and more to show your pride in the USA. Contributor Laura O’Brien says even if your neighborhood doesn’t hold a bike parade it would be easy to start one on your own!
Home Field Day—Cooking burgers and dogs on the grill is a no-brainer on the fourth. But contributor Christine Derr says you can take your backyard party up a notch with an old-fashioned home field day. Think activities like an egg spoon race, water balloon busting competition, and dizzy bat. Award your winners small trophies like these for instant bragging rights!
Decorate Your House—Since so many Independence Day activities have been cancelled, communities are coming up with creative ways we can celebrate together — and apart. Knoxville is holding “Neighborhood Trails of Red, White and Blue.” You will be able to drive through several neighborhoods to see the patriotic displays from July 3rd to the 5th. Follow this link for the list of neighborhoods and directions. The town of Farragut is hosting “Festive Fourth at Home.” Organizers want you to decorate your car, your yard and even yourself (by donning some festive July 4th wear). Then host a socially distanced get-together on your front lawn during the ‘normal’ parade time from 9:30am to 11am on Saturday. A map of decorated homes will be available on the Farragut Parks & Recreation website so you can check out the decorations.
Backyard Fireworks—Nothing says Independence Day like a spectacular fireworks show! Before you light those fuses, it’s important to know where it’s legal and illegal to shoot off your own fireworks. Those inside Knoxville city limits need a permit to set off fireworks. It is illegal in Knox County, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. As for the rest of the surrounding counties, you’re good to go! BOOM!
Backyard Campout—Pitch a tent in your backyard and build a bonfire for hot dog and s’mores roasting! Contributor Jenny Greene suggests setting up an outdoor movie screen and watching a classic like “The Sandlot.”
Watch “Hamilton”—Speaking of movies, in case you haven’t heard, the huge Broadway hit “Hamilton” is coming to Disney+. Knoxville Moms contributor Ashley Adair Costerisan is our resident musical expert and she says it’s not to be missed! The musical tells the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. There’s no shortage of creative ideas for “Hamilton” party decorations, game/activities and menus online including these.